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Scion's attractive pricing combined with Toyota's reputation for dependability makes the 2013 tC coupe compelling for anyone looking for a fun coupe with reasonable amenities. The aftermarket offers a lot for Scion vehicles, allowing for maximum customization on a minimal budget.


Depending on the performance you expect, particularly from a sporty-looking coupe, the 2013 Scion tC may leave you underwhelmed (as past models have). Acceleration, response and handling precision are rather average, and even the Release Series 8.0 package isn't much better.

What's New For 2013

After a major design in 2011, the 2013 Scion tC coupe is little changed in base form but as usual, a new up-level trim, called Release Series 8.0 this year, is added to the line. It's a striking, limited-production (2,000 units) configuration. Available only in Absolutely Red with black trim, 8.0 combines styling touches from Five Axis and performance parts from Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

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Used 2013 Scion tC Expert Review

Scion is Toyota's youth-oriented division and the tC coupe has historically been its best-selling model. The car's appeal lies in spirited styling, lots of features, surprisingly good audio systems for the price and freedom to personalize the car. Actual over-the-road performance may not live up to everyone's expectations, with modest horsepower and soft suspension, but it's entirely adequate for a city and suburban runabout. As is becoming an annual tradition, the tC gets a special-edition upgrade package, called Release Series 8.0 for 2013, that gives it a stronger personality. With starting prices around $20,000, the 2013 Scion tC offers a lot of style and a good bit of attitude for the money, and seems destined to continue as the Scion clientele's favorite.

Driving the Used 2013 Scion tC

The driving experience has always been the biggest source of debate over the Scion tC, and the 2013 tC coupe is unlikely to settle any arguments. The clutch in the 6-speed manual transmission is both light for daily commute convenience and precise for quick shifts. But road manners and chassis feel are uninspiring, with rather vague steering and soft suspension. Low-rpm engine response is quite good but revving out the 2.5-liter four generates only average thrust. Compared to other coupes in its class, it's not nearly as powerful or capable, though for city driving it's probably good enough for most buyers. The Series Release 8.0 package includes firmer, lower springs (and paddle shifters for the automatic) that help a little.

Favorite Features

That such a thorough audio setup is standard on a $20,000 coupe is just flat-out great. The Bluetooth connectivity is easy enough to work with and the sound quality itself is excellent.

Personalization is a consistent Scion theme, and between the factory and the aftermarket, it's easy to make your tC really your tC. There are many forums, groups and clubs dedicated to Scion customization.

Used 2013 Scion tC Interior

The 2013 Scion tC earns its keep with a smart interior that offers exceptional comfort and a convenient control layout. The driver's seat is adjustable enough for all shapes and sizes, and rear-seat passengers will be surprised by the amount of room they actually have. Dials and instrument clusters have a round theme that is pleasant and manages to be Spartan without looking like anything is missing. A 60/40-split folding back seat allows trips to actual supermarkets, not just convenience stores.

Used 2013 Scion tC Exterior

The 2013 Scion tC, with its more angular roofline and big lower grille, makes a stronger visual statement than the first generation did. Where other, smaller coupes in its class can look excessively what-you-see-is-what-you-get, the tC coupe looks aggressively playful. The tC also looks fast, which has helped turn millions of young eyes to it over the years. The Release Series 8.0's Five Axis body pieces accentuate this, and the Absolutely Red paint color is brilliant.

Used 2013 Scion tC Standard Features

The 2013 Scion tC carries great youth-appeal cred with standard equipment that includes 18-inch wheels and the impressive Pioneer sound system. That sound system is HD Radio capable and you can connect your phone to it, as long as you're running Bluetooth 2.0 or higher. There are two microphones in the ceiling-light array to help facilitate use of the hands-free phone option. Toyota's Star Safety System is also standard and features eight airbags and traction and stability control along with active front headrests.

Used 2013 Scion tC Options

From the factory, 19-inch wheels are available for the 2013 Scion tC, as are a Bespoke audio upgrade, rear spoiler and sportier TRD springs and anti-roll bars. The Release Series 8.0 package includes a body kit from Five Axis, center exhaust with a TRD sport muffler, lower TRD springs and paddle shifters (with the automatic). Aftermarket options for the 2013 Scion tC are as extensive as they are for all other Scion models.

Used 2013 Scion tC Engine

All Scion tC trim levels carry a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 180 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. Both manual and automatic transmissions are 6-speed units. The automatic downshifts well enough, but upshifts can feel a little lazy. The manual transmission's clutch could be accused of being soft but the bolt-action precision of its shifter largely offsets that concern.

2.5-liter inline-4
180 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
173 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg

How Much Does the Used 2013 Scion tC Cost?

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on the 2013 Scion tC coupe is $19,480 with the 6-speed manual gearbox and another $1,000 with the automatic transmission. The Release Series 8.0 has MSRPs of $22,570 (manual) and $23,620 (automatic). Last year's Release Series 7.0, the hot yellow Lightning Bolt package with its TRD body kit, is still available, starting at $21,635. Competitors like the Honda Civic and Kia Forte start for less, but don't offer the impressive list of standard equipment that the 2013 tC does. Resale values on the Scion tC have held well for previous models and the 2013 should be no different, though the arrival of the excellent Scion FR-S rear-drive coupe may have some impact by pulling away the more sport-minded drivers. For the best picture of what 2013 Scion tC models are selling for in your area, check out the Fair Purchase Price on

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2015 Scion tC

"Great car"

overall I found this vehicle very pleasant to drive, handle turns like a champion and also give me ability to turn off the computer safety features for RaceTrac like performance.
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2013 Scion tC

"Best compact car"

It's fun to drive the stick shift as always. The Second gear shift is little harder when it's cold. The engine has some power to it, even though the engine is small.
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2015 Scion tC

"A lot of car for your money!"

Great price, fun to drive.
Front spoiler is to low.
Great car, wish it had better gas mileage (35 city, 50 freeway).
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2015 Scion tC

"Its worth the buy"

Solid MPG, somewhat sporty, tight driving, worthit
Cheap interior and some road noise
Owned for 2 years and driven 30k miles, not a single issue, 6 spd, wears tires evenly , solid MPG, somewhat slow for my taste, will keep until its downfall
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2012 Scion tC

"love it"

handling is great
i love this car i dont really have any issues with my manual tc i got her used and shes been great ever since i was just lucky
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2013 Scion tC Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • Touch Screen Monitor
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Reclining Rear Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 23 mpg
  • EPA Class - Sub Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 31 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 26 mpg


  • Horsepower - 180 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.86 inches
  • Torque - 173 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4100 rpm


  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 2 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 19"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/45R18
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Fog Lights
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Panorama Moon Roof
  • Rear Spoiler


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years


  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.54 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.4
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 152 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Paddle Shifters

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • EPA Passenger - 88.4 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 14.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 37.7 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 36.4 inches
  • Height - 55.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.8 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 34.6 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 6.3 inches
  • Overall Length - 174.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 55.4 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 52.1 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 14.7 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 37.4 feet
  • Wheel Base - 106.3 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 70.7 inches
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2013 Scion tC Safety

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2013 Scion tC Safety Technology
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Knee Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag


2013 Scion tC Rankings

180 HP
MPG Combined
26 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.5 Rating
2013 Scion tC
180 HP

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